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“Chopped” Episode Puts the Spotlight on School Nutrition

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September 26, 2012 – Spoiler alert! Did you catch school nutrition professionals on “Chopped” last night? The episode highlighted how school chefs go above and beyond the call of duty by educating students, encouraging healthy lifestyles and making a difference in the community!

While Cindy Tinnel was crowned “Chopped” champion for the evening, all of the school chef competitors were awarded with generous cash prizes, as well as a special trip to visit Washington, D.C., and tour the White House garden. The episode was really a victory for all hardworking school chefs across the country.

The four school chef competitors of the "Class Acts, Too" episode were:

  • Terry Accaira, General Food Worker, Buena Vista R-31, Colo.
  • Shannon Solomon, Coordinator, Aurora Public Schools, Colo.
  • Lynnette Thomas, Manager, Saint Martinville Primary School, La.
  • Cindy Tinnel, Manager, Henry Maxwell Elementary, Nashville, Tenn.

The episode also featured a special 30-second public service announcement from SNA, promoting healthy school meals available in cafeterias all across the country.

Submit your completed Scavenger Hunt Form to be entered in SNA's special prize drawing. One winner will receive a Master Chef cookware set from All-Clad. An additional 25 winners will receive cookbooks from the Food Network library.

You can fax the form to (301) 686-3115 or scan it and email it to Forms must be received by 5:00 pm EST on October 1, 2012, to be eligible.

Don’t forget – if you hosted or attended a viewing party, be sure to post pictures to Facebook or email them to They could be featured in School Nutrition magazine!

FAME Nomination Deadline Extended to October 10

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September 25, 2012—Do you know of a school nutrition leader or innovator who deserves to be nominated for a national Foodservice Achievement Management Excellence (FAME) Award? There’s still time to submit your nomination—the deadline has been extended to October 10, 2012.

For close to 25 years, the FAME Awards have recognized those who raise the school nutrition bar for others to follow. These are individuals who have triumphed over challenges and provide insightful and innovative solutions to the complex issues that are the hallmark of this business. If this describes you, your supervisor or a colleague, take the time to submit your nomination today.

Winning a FAME award is a tremendous honor, but being nominated is, as well. The nominations for this and other school nutrition awards programs often are used as leads and resources by School Nutrition, the flagship publication of SNA, and other foodservice media to showcase the profession’s best practices and creative strategies. Participation in the FAME Awards program gives you the chance to shine the spotlight on your district and help spread the word about the important role that school nutrition professionals play in contributing to the health and welfare of America’s children. In this time of new meal pattern regulations, it’s more beneficial than ever for school nutrition professionals to get the word out about their achievements, not only to receive potential recognition for their accomplishments but also to share these successes with their colleagues, who may find them valuable and inspirational.

There are six award categories:

● School Nutrition Director of the Year (must have more than 12 years of director experience)
● Leadership Award (12 or fewer years of experience)
● Rising Star Award (five or fewer years of director experience)
● Special Achievement Award (10,000 or fewer enrollment)
● Spirit Award
● Friend of Child Nutrition Award (advocate such as a principal, state association representative or community leader, going above and beyond scope of normal professional duties; child nutrition directors/department heads are not eligible)

Nominations will be taken online or via a downloadable form at until October 10, 2012. Eligible nominees include SNA members in good standing. Make sure FAME doesn’t pass you by!

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Tune In to the Food Network Tonight for Chopped!

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September 25, 2012 – Don’t forget that the “Chopped” episode, featuring school nutrition professionals, airs tonight (Tuesday), at 10:00 p.m. EST/9:00 p.m. CT on the Food Network.

SNA is encouraging members to watch the episode and support your fellow school nutrition professionals. While you watch “Chopped,” download and complete your Scavenger Hunt Form. Fill in the correct answers about the episode, submit it to SNA before October 1st, and you’ll be entered for a chance to win a Master Chef cookware set! Twenty-five (25) additional winners will receive cookbooks from the Food Network library. There are details and official rules available at

Want do something special for the big episode? Are you throwing a viewing party with your friends? There are tips for organizing a viewing party available at Post your viewing party photos on SNA’s Facebook page or send them to You could be featured in School Nutrition magazine!

Whether you’re planning on watching the episode with friends, curling up solo with some popcorn, or just setting your DVR, don’t miss this chance to support your fellow school nutrition professionals as they show America what school chefs are all about!

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